Chemical Compounds Lesson Plan

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

Learning about chemical compounds opens the door for fun and more complex chemistry. This lesson plan introduces ionic, covalent and metallic bonds through a video and then allows students to explore each type of bond further in a lab setting.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast ionic, covalent and metallic bonding and give a few distinguishing characteristics of each
  • Give examples of everyday items that are ionic, covalent and metallically bonded


  • 80-minute class period


  • Image of sodium
  • Image of chlorine
  • Beaker of table salt
  • Beaker of sugar
  • Crucible (for each student group)
  • Bunsen burner (for each student group)
  • Goggles (for each student)
  • Pieces of metal (paperclips, copper, whatever you have available)
  • Markers
  • Poster board (optional)

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • Chemical compound
  • Ionic bond
  • Covalent bond
  • Metallic bond

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account